Toy tractor, International, metal / plastic, made by Matchbox, England, 1960 Toy model of a moveable tractor comprising a red lacquered metal body and black plastic wheels. The model features a long bonnet with steering wheel, seat, headlights, rear wheel mud covers and tow hook on the back. The rear wheels are much larger than the front ones and are shown with tread. The tyres can also be removed. The tractor is in good condition except for some minor chipping to the paint.
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(Accession num: 85/1186-30)
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Summary: The Lesney Matchbox King-Size K-4 McCormick International B250 Tractor was introduced in 1960, It was always painted a darkish red and each side of the engine cover carried decals for "McCormick International B250" which come in two sizes which could have thin or thick white lettering, The wheel hubs were either red, orange or green. Metal hubs on the early issues and plastic on the later ones and some issues had a mix of plastic and metal, All versions were fitted with black plastic tyres and the version with orange hubs is quite rare and will fetch a premium. I believe there was only one casting modification and that was to the towing hook which was thickened on the later issues, The tractor was packaged in C, D and E type boxes, It was deleted in 1967 to be replaced by the GMC Tractor and Hopper train.
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Summary: The story of the McCormick brand begins in Virginia, USA, in 1834 when the 25 year old Cyrus McCormick patented a redesigned of his father's unsuccessful reaping machine. The business continued to grow throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, producing innovative agricultural machinery across North America and Europe.
Production of the McCormick International B 250 tractor began in Bradford in 1954 to meet the demand for a smaller tractor. The B250 was Britain's first tractor incorporating "disc Brakes" and "differential locking".
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